Low Cal Lovin is all about our favorite healthy indulgences at and around Wes.

There’s no doubt that one of the best parts of the holiday season is eating. From huge turkey dinners to christmas cookies and cakes, to the onslaught of holiday themed goodies at chain eateries the country over, the abundance of delicious options is overwhelmingly huge.

Obviously indulgence will be a fairly regular occurence, and why not? With all those wonderful treats around, you might as well take advantage. But what do you do when it’s cold and snowy and everyone else is drinking huge mugs of hot chocolate or fancy “gingerbread” lattes, but you’ve already eaten your fair share of sugar for the day/week/month/year?

Well, here’s a good fix. If you’re not feeling the hot chocolate, but you could really use a warm, creamy pick me up, try a cup of steamed skim milk. I like it with a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. You can also add flavored syrups (some are even sugar-free).If you have a frothing device on hand, whip it out to add a light, even creamier texture to your drink. A 12 oz serving of steamed skim milk (a small cup at Pi, Usdan Cafe, and the majority of coffee shops), is only 120 calories, compared to a typical 12 oz hot chocolate, which, made with skim milk, is around 250 calories. You’ll be left feeling warm, cozy, and full of protein and calcium.

Obviously, steamed milk is not so hard to find. You can get it at Pi and the Usdan Cafe, both of which also have cinnamon and flavor shots (although the shots contain sugar), any coffee shop in town, or just make it at home!

So next time you’re longingly staring at the menu board at Pi, order a steamed skim milk, add a dash of cinnamon, and there you go! A perfect holiday beverage to keep you warm and cozy on a cold winter day!

-Ari